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Method for navigating a screen based document to a new part of the document temporarily whilst retaining ability to return to original location Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236873D
Publication Date: 2014-May-20
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This document describes a mechanism for providing a convenient and efficient method for navigating around a document/file presented on a computer screen (text, sound, video, image) facilitating movement to a different part of the document without loosing the "current position".

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Method for navigating a screen based document to a new part of the document temporarily whilst retaining ability to return to original location

Occasionally whilst viewing a document using a computer screen another part of the document may need to be referred to, e.g. footnote, another section etc. yet the current point in the document is the place where reading should continue from.

    This behaviour can be accommodated by several methods. Methods which apply to a single view of the document (i.e. not opening another window/view on the same document) include noting the existing location, navigating away to the reference point, then navigating back. These methods require specific actions to be taken by the user and generally need multi-step operations to achieve the end result.

    Our proposal is to use a collection of gestures to make this task easier and faster.

The core idea is to use a collection of gestures, physical interactions with a screen; e.g. via a touch screen or by using a mouse/stylus, to achieve the effect of remembering a place to return to in a single action.

    The advantage of this solution is to reduce a multi-step operation into single, intuitive operation; which is faster and more efficient.

    The solution relies on specific gestures (interactions with a screen) used to present the document.

Below are the concepts used within the description of the gestures:
Conceptual elements
The on-screen document being read/navigated over
An anchor to a particular position within a document navigate-and-remember-origin
The action of moving around a document whilst maintaining a record of place(s) in the document which can be returned to.

    Following are the names, and a description, of the gestures required for the examples interaction described further below - note that we are not prescribing the actual physical gesture required, just the concept of the gesture (though are examples are valid examples of gestures which could be used).

set origin
Record the current position in the document as a place that can be returned to release
Return to position in the document identified by the last recorded set origin gesture
cancel origin
Remove the origin
Following are some example flows.